Later this year, two of the biggest first person shooters ever will go head to head in what appears to be the ultimate heavy weight battle. We’re in the Battlefield 3 corner, of course, and there are plenty of fan boys in the other corner as well. However, according to EA’s Kevin O’Leary and Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling, who both spoke to Kotaku, it’s just a friendly rivalry.
When asked about Modern Warfare 3 and the competition it will bring, EA’s O’Leary was quick to dismiss the notion of competition altogether. He said in an interview with Kotaku,
“Our game focuses on this battlefield experience. We give you so many tools; you can choose your vehicles, your weapons, your class. We want to win over the hardcore guys who may be on the fence. We want to do that with Frostbite 2. It’s 30 frames per a second on console, but we have destruction, vehicles, a new animation system. It’s not about a number. It’s about the full experience.”
Speaking to Kotaku on a different occasion, Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling, who recently said he’ll buy BF3, took the same non-conformist stance with O’Leary, commenting on the intense fan base rivalry that’s going on between the BF3 and MW3 fans. Bowling specifically addressed the criticism that Modern Warfare 3 has gotten from Battlefield fans:
“Any game that has two very different audiences, you’re going to see [negative fan reaction]. Every game has its passionate user base. We see it from everybody.”
When asked what he thought of the intense Battlefield fans who have been criticizing and mocking Modern Warfare over the past few months, Bowling had this to say: “They are passionate”.
So far developers at DICE and Infinity Ward have taken a diplomatic approach, while their bosses at EA and Activison, respectively, have engaged in a heated argument, with Activision criticizing BF3 console performance, while EA has always stated that BF3 is “designed to take down Modern Warfare“.